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Rodney Derogene

URI’s Talent Development Program featured in The Providence Journal

On Sunday, December 20th 2015, the University of Rhode Island’s Talent Development Program was featured in an article in the Providence Journal. The article highlighted the work and legacy of TD Nation and the doors that it has opened up to countless members of our community who otherwise would not have obtained access to URI. […]

Dr. Dougan

Vice President Tom Dougan says his goodbyes after 30 years of service to URI

After 30 years of service as URI’s Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Tom Dougan will be retiring from the University of Rhode Island.  On December 16th, 2015, the university hosted an event in his honor in the Memorial Union Ballroom. The purpose of the event was to acknowledge Dr. Dougan’s work and the legacy he […]

Selena Evora

Talent Development Sophomore Educates Students On Sexual Assault and Violence Prevention

When Selena Evora was a freshman at the University of Rhode Island she walked into the Women’s Center and instantly felt at home. She was especially impressed with a student group called P.L.E.A.S.E., short for Peers, Learning, Educating and Supporting Everyone. Its mission: to educate students on campus about relationship violence and how to prevent […]

Dr. Derbyshire


Did you know that nearly one out of every four URI students is Honors eligible? It’s absolutely true! Students who began their academic career in the fall of 2015 and have at least a 3.4 GPA (those who began in fall 2014, must maintain a 3.3 GPA) are eligible to take advantage of all the […]


Third year TD student Oluwadamilol Animashaun is featured on the Africana Studies Homepage

Oluwadamilol “Dami” Animashaun has taken full advantage of what the URI community has to offer, both academically and socially. As a double majoring in Africana Studies and Political Science, Dami has also interned as a Mayoral Fellow for the Governor’s Office, serves as a Residential Advisor and is an active member of the Sankofa Christian […]

Cameron Benton

TD Alum Cameron Benton’s Music/Community Outreach Initiative Featured in the Providence Journal

Cameron “Bells” Benton, the son of a local legend in the city of Providence (Roosevelt “Bells” Benton”), has steadily worked over the years to create a name for himself while honoring his late father’s legacy. Cameron’s, known to many within the Talent Development community as “Cam”, newest piece of work is titled “Providence: City of […]

Getting To College Workshop

Community Impact: Getting to College Conference

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, the College Crusade of Rhode Island hosted their annual Getting to College Conference at E-Cubed Academy in Providence. This event provides high school seniors with vital information about beginning the college application process. On this year’s agenda was college essay writing and financial aid workshops, along with an informative panel […]

Regina Sarpong

Talent Development’s Regina Sarpong featured on URI’s Big Thinkers

Regina Sarpong is taking giant strides toward achieving her career goal of creating movies for children at Pixar. She is combining classes in computer science, film, theatre and communication studies with the aim of making engaging, heartwarming and inspirational animated films. But that’s only one side of Regina’s activities at URI. She is also committed […]

Million Man March

A First Generation Liberian’s Perspective on the Million Man March

Both parents of TD Coordinator and Alumnus, Wynston Wilson, were born and raised in Liberia. Since he grew up in such a traditional Liberian household, Wynston only understood the U.S. Black experience and the Black Liberation movement from the vantage point of a first-generation Liberian. His family’s view on these subjects differed from most Black […]

The Bus

A Reflection on the 2015 Million Man March: Justice Or Else!

A Reflection on the 2015 Million Man March: Justice Or Else! Saturday, October 10, 2015 marked the twentieth anniversary of the Million Man March. Organized by the Nation of Islam’s leader, Minister Louis Farrakhan, the original March held on October 16, 1995 was the first and largest mass mobilization of men from the African diaspora. […]

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